Department of History

Queer Newark Oral History Project

The Queer Newark Oral History Project (QNOHP) is a community-based and community directed initiative dedicated to preserving the history of Queer Newark.

Statement of Principles:
The Queer Newark Oral History Project is community based and community directed. We are committed to inclusivity and access.

Our aims include the following:

· Interview the full diversity of members of Newark’s LGBT community.

· Engage LGBT Newark youth in interviewing each other as well as LGBT adult Newark community; mentor LGBT Newark youth to ready them for career and higher education opportunities.

· Engage college and university students and faculty in interviewing, cataloging, transcribing, publicizing, organizing, or other tasks that will facilitate the growth of the Queer Newark Oral History Project.

· Cement collaboration between Newark’s LGBT political, service, and faith organizations and Newark and Newark-area colleges and universities on the Queer Newark Oral History Project.

· Encourage LGBT Newark and former Newark residents to donate their papers and other artifacts to our growing collection of Queer Newark.

Goals:

· QNOHP seeks to interview people whose lives connect to the history and experiences of LGBT Newark;

· To transcribe interviews so that they are searchable and easily usable for community members, activists, scholars, artists, or anyone else with an interest in Queer Newark;

· To preserve interviews, as well as whatever papers and artifacts we can collect about QueerNewark, in a permanent, catalogued, archival facility (most likely Dana Library, Rutgers-Newark);

· To make interviews and artifacts will be accessible through digitalization;

· To collect, catalog, and make accessible existing interviews of LGBT Newark residents and former residents.

For more information regarding the oral history project, please email queernk@andromeda.rutgers.edu.